Our Proclamation of Values <3
LISTEN exists to initiate and foster change, using a feminist perspective to promote the visibility and experiences of women, gender non-conforming and LGBTQIA+ people, people of colour, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disabilities and other marginalised folk in Australian music.
LISTEN presents live music showcase events, community discussions, and a bi-annual conference. LISTEN also utilises online and print media to document and promote the work of women and gender non conforming people in the music industry, to share experiences, opinion pieces, musical ideas, paraphernalia and mix-tapes. LISTEN also runs an offshoot independent record label, Listen Records.
A grassroots and entirely volunteer-run organisation, LISTEN is here to spark conversation, initiate change, and celebrate equal participation in the music industry. This outcome is one we aim to facilitate in whatever way the community believes effective and appropriate, and we encourage engagement with anyone who is enthused and inspired to do so.
We seek ongoing submissions, project and collaboration ideas from people involved in any capacity in the Australian music industry, and sub-cultural communities past and present.
Polished skills or expertise are not a prerequisite for contributing to LISTEN’s projects – our focus is firmly on expression and documentation.
We are dedicated to a continued emphasis on a breadth of diversity in the Australian music scene. Historically and in the present day – in our own words, on our own terms.
LISTEN operates on the stolen and unceded lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation, and donates 10% of all money raised through its events and conferences to the Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance.
LISTEN values: Equality, Intersectionality, Fairness, Justice, Education, Inquiry, Innovation, Interconnection, Inclusion, Honesty, Respect and Compassion.
How LISTEN Began
In 2014, Melbourne-based musician, Evelyn Morris got a little fed up with the tired, exclusionary conversations around music and posted their thoughts online. A huge groundswell of interest in continuing the conversation surfaced, and LISTEN was conceived.
Years later, there are several rotating core members who contribute to LISTEN’s organisation, activism, mentoring, ideology, events, publishing, scouting for contributors, archiving presentation and more. This dynamic team is committed to bringing a feminist perspective and critical thinking into music in Australia, and allowing the conversation to grow and change however it needs to.
A large part of the LISTEN project is to spark conversation around women and gender non conforming people’s experiences in music, and to allow musicians and others involved in the music industry to connect. If you would like to become involved in LISTEN projects, curate a LISTENING Party, or contribute in some other way, please get in touch.
One of the best ways to become involved in the project is to contribute your thoughts or experiences. We are always looking for written and image-based submissions. For more information read our detailed guidelines and FAQs here.
For those who would like a little more guidance, be it putting together a piece for submission, or navigating the music world in general, we’d like to help. Contact us for more information about mentorship through LISTEN.
We have compiled a list of services and resources here.